Windows 10, like previous versions Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, come with somepreinstalled Modern apps(earlier they were called Metro apps). These are Calculator, Calendar, Mail, Cortana, Maps, News, OneNote, Groove Music, Camera, etc. These apps are preinstalled to each Windows 10 user. Even if you remove these apps from Windows GUI, they will be installed to your account from the system account after the next update.
In this article we’ll show how to correctly uninstall standard Modern apps in Windows 10, and get some extra free space on your system drive.
How to Uninstall Modern Apps Using New Control Panel
The easiest way is to uninstall a Modern application from the renewed Control Panel integrated with Windows App Store.
To do it, click Start and go to Settings -> Apps and features . In the list of apps, select the app to be uninstalled. Click Uninstall.
However, the majority of preinstalled Modern apps are protected and cannot be uninstalled this way. Uninstall button s not active for them. You can uninstall these applications only using Powershell.
Tip. If you completely uninstall a standard Modern app from the system, it will be difficult to restore it.
How to Uninstall a Certain Modern App in Windows 10
To uninstall a certain Modern app, you need to get a system name of this package. To do it, click Start and type PowerShell, then right-click it in the list of results and select Run as administrator. (You won’t be able to uninstall the app without the administrator privileges.)
Display the full list of Modern apps installed in Windows 10 with this command: Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers
Tip. The results of the command can be saved as a plain text file to make it more convenient to view and look for the necessary package nameGet-AppxPackage –AllUsers>c:\data\modern_apps_list.txt
In the list of apps, find the app you want to uninstall. Suppose that we want to uninstall Solitare Collection. To do it, we’ll need the value of PackageFullName field. In our example it looks like this:
If you have to uninstall a certain app for all system users, specify the parameter -AllUsers
How to Uninstall All Windows 10 Modern Apps
Important. If you uninstall all apps, Windows Store app will also be uninstalled. It means that you won’t be able to install apps from Windows App Store. However, Modern apps can be installed from the command prompt if you have the corresponding APPX file. (The technique of getting an installation APPX file of any app from Windows Store is describedhere.)
To uninstall all Modern apps in the system account, run the following command: Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
Thus, all new accounts will be created without preinstalled Modern apps. (It also means that new user profiles will be created faster)
If you need to uninstall the apps from the mounted offline Windows image (suppose, that the path to the mounted image is c:\offline), the command will look like this: